St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past

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Yale University Press, Feb 28, 2014 - History - 497 pages
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DIVFragile, gritty, and vital to an extraordinary degree, St. Petersburg is one of the world’s most alluring cities—a place in which the past is at once ubiquitous and inescapably controversial. Yet outsiders are far more familiar with the city’s pre-1917 and Second World War history than with its recent past./divDIV /divDIVIn this beautifully illustrated and highly original book, Catriona Kelly shows how creative engagement with the past has always been fundamental to St. Petersburg’s residents. Weaving together oral history, personal observation, literary and artistic texts, journalism, and archival materials, she traces the at times paradoxical feelings of anxiety and pride that were inspired by living in the city, both when it was socialist Leningrad, and now. Ranging from rubbish dumps to promenades, from the city’s glamorous center to its grimy outskirts, this ambitious book offers a compelling and always unexpected panorama of an extraordinary and elusive place./div
 

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Contents

6
21
Making a Home on the Neva
63
City Spaces
93
Initiation into the Working Class
129
Eliseev and Aprashka
170
Theatre Street
209
From Nord to Saigon
251
The TwentySeventh Kilometre
279
The Last Journey
312
Afterword
332
Abbreviations and Conventions
338
Glossary and List ofMajor Place Names
431
Index
453
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